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->'''Mike:''' Lots of multi-syllabic non-words in this story?\\
'''Kevin:''' Yeah, see they simply took Latin... and ruined it.
-->-- ''Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}'' of ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone ''

In a show rife with magic users or scientific terminology ([[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or magical users of scientific terminology]]), [[AltumVidetur Latin is the gear of choice]]. It's exotic-sounding, it has a word for almost everything, it contributed a significant proportion of the English vocabulary[[note]] English is as much Anglo-Saxon as Latinate in its vocabulary and a large amount of the "Latin" vocabulary actually comes out of Norman French. It's not as Latin as your Classics teacher liked to claim.[[/note]], and it's fairly well-known. With Latin by your side, you can spout off any string of awesomeness you want, and easily throw in a few less-than-Latin bits.

But what happens when you run out of Latin? Or if your spell or radioactive {{Phlebotinum}} has some attribute that you don't know how to name? Well, just make up some new Latin! It's easy: take an English word -- any will do -- drop any vowels from the end, and add ''-us'', ''-icus'', or ''-ium''. If you're naming a town, use the extension ''-opolis'' (although the extension is actually Greek, not Latin. Real Latin would have you using the extension ''-ium'' or ''-ia''). Ta-daa! Instant Latin!

This corruption of Latin, as the trope name should indicate, is called "dog Latin." (Incidentally, the trope title is in fact real Latin...for "Latin-like dog." No, it doesn't make much sense (unless we take it as some sort of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metonymy metonym]]), but [[ThisTropeNameReferencesItself that's rather the point]]. Plus, it sounds less like a porn actress than ''(Lingua) Latina Canina'', which is how "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_latin Dog Latin]]" would sound in ''real'' Latin).

[[GratuitousGreek Greek]] is often used interchangeably with Latin for such purposes (as in the ''-opolis'' example above); [[AncientGrome few writers bother to make a distinction]].

May be used in comedic versions of the PretentiousLatinMotto. Also comes in handy for OminousLatinChanting or a ParodyMagicSpell.

Sometimes a result of AsLongAsItSoundsForeign. A subtrope of GratuitousForeignLanguage. Compare withe YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. On'tday onfusecay ithway [[PigLatin Igpay Atinlay]]. See also ElSpanishO. When a show does this to a character's name, it's DrGenericius.


* In a commercial for Energizer batteries featuring [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner Wile E. Coyote]], Wile E. is introduced as "''Pursuis Rabbitus Energizus''", and the Energizer battery that powers the Energizer Bunny is introduced as "''Powerus Never Stopus''".

* Many of the episode titles in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' are in Latin-ish. However, the original manga [[ShownTheirWork takes care to get all of its Latin, ancient Greek, and other languages correct, and has translations and commentary in the English-language Del Rey and Kodansha [=USA=] releases]].
* When she was composing a few of the songs for ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'', singer/actress Eri Kawai said in an interview that she wrote some of the lyrics using Italian/Latin-sounding gibberish. In particular, "''Barcarolle''", "''Loomis Etlune''", and "''Coccoro''".
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', when England uses this trope, a red pentagram painted on the floor of his basement, candles and black robes to cast a spell.
* The ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' [=OVAs=] give us [[OminousLatinChanting "Gradus Vita"]]. [[SchmuckBait Try to find a translation of it.]] [[spoiler: Step Life]]
* Many of the songs composed by Music/YukiKajiura use the ConLang "Kajiuran" which is reminiscent of an odd blend of Japanese and Latin (used primarily when lyrical meaning is less relevent then the melodies and emotions that certain word sounds can express).
* In FromTheNewWorld Saki and Shun work out that [[spoiler:that the Monster Rats are in fact the altered descendants of those without telekinetic powers]] from the proposed scientific name. Except her reasoning is undermined by confusing [[spoiler: the Greek root 'homo' meaning same with the Latin root 'homo' meaning man/human]]
* In ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'', the text in Latin in chapter 3 is badly mangled, including nonexistent words and dialogue that has nothing to do with what the characters are allegedly saying. In the OVA, it sounds more like actual Latin, but the accent they characters speak with is very, very thick and almost impenetrable.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', as pointed out [[http://youtu.be/IjytC-rIC8U?t=4m8s here]]
* Much of the titles of the songs of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are in ([[SubvertedTrope actual]]) Latin. The song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEnMs5hOTPM 'Sis Puella Magica']] and Credens Justitiam sound latin, but it is Kajiuran, a made-up language which takes Japanese and Latin. The lyrics were written by the same person who decided to have all of the OST Latin titles.

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* In Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's comedy album, ''AudioPlay/IThinkWereAllBozosOnThisBus'', when Sir Sidney Fudd is describing the accident that lead to his "particularly momentous discovery", he says, "but then, ''quid malborg in plano'', consternation turned to lucidation." This is basically pure gibberish.

* [[DoubleSubversion Played both ways]] in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' series, [[PunnyName where Roman names are mostly in fake Latin]], but the Latin ''phrases'' are legitimate, even though a phrase like "''cena canis''" (dog's dinner) may be identified as "dog Latin" [[{{Pun}} for the sake of the pun]].
* DonaldDuck
** The classic "The Golden Helmet" introduces an alleged lawyer who supports all his claims with Latin-sounding phrases. For instance, when challenged to prove that his client is who he says he is, he replies nonchalantly, "''Flikkus flakkus fumlidium''," which he claims to mean "Can you prove he isn't?" And it's catching: later in the story one of Donald's nephews asks the others if they've had enough of this Dog Latin nonsense, to which his brother replies, "''Yeppus yappus yubettus.''"
** In Don Rosa's sequel, it's Donald who gets the last word (in Dog Latin) when he advises the defeated villains to "''in aqua concus dipporum''" which he claims to mean "go jump headlong in the sea."
* In the ''ComicBook/XMen'' books, the precognitive mutant Destiny wrote down several volumes of prophecy given the title ''Libris Veritatus'', probably an attempted back-formation from the word "exlibris" (''ex libris'' = "from the books") combined with the misspelled genitive ''veritatis'' ("of truth"). In proper Latin it would be ''libri veritatis''.
* Whenever ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' does something involving the Romans, this trope comes into effect, especially with regards to character names. Also notable in the strip Nero and Zero which appeared in ''The Wizard'' and later ''ComicBook/{{Buzz}}'', both these comics where published by the same publisher as ''The Beano''.
* ''ComicBook/LeCollegeInvisible'' takes it UpToEleven, with album titles like ''Lostum'' and spells like "Youtubem", which allow you to see events happening elsewhere.
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Whenever latin is needed, it is granted to be totally - and comically - faux Latin.
** In "El Antídoto" ("The Antidote"), the Super has his head turned into a pig's head because of one of Bacterio's inventions, and the pair is sent to search for a medicinal herb to cure him (the titular antidote). Its botanical name is Hierbajus Apestosus Repelentus ("Stinkus Disgustingus Weedus").
** In "Contrabando" ("Smuggling"), Mortadelo disguises as a fly, and an entomologist captures him and tries to pin him on a board, classifying him as a Moscardus Cabezonus ("Botflyus Bigheadus").
** In "El 35 aniversario" ("35th. anniversary"), Mortadelo, disguised as a priest, mockingly baptises a bill he doesn't intend to pay as Incobrata Fallídez et Archivata ("Unpaid, failed and filed").

* In the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody of ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail'', Mark Trade is assigned to hunt down a "''Canis Bernardus Saintus''." Looking it up, he finds that it means a St. Bernard dog, and can't believe he'd be asked to kill his CanineCompanion Sandy, who is one. He has Sandy stuffed anyway, since there's a $5000 reward.
* Once in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', while Duke was ruling [[{{Qurac}} Al-Amok]], he let it go to his head and demanded that Honey speak to him "in Latinum!" [[DeadpanSnarker To which she replied, "Yessius, sirrus!"]]
* A recurring gag in ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' is the 'Field Guide To Customers' series, in which varying types of annoying customers are described. Each one is accompanied by a fake scientific name for the customer.
-->''The Complainer (Quibblus Annoyus)''

* ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' featured both ''Ronnicus explodicus'' and ''Pantiloonius poopicus''. Also ''Pituitarius shrinkidinkius''. And the words "lorem ipsum" appear in the Elder Swear.
* Intentionally done in ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji''. When Shinji wanted to send a "Get out" message to SEELE, he mixed two Latin random words that looked right. Lorenz pointed out that those words were nonsense but its meaning clear.
-->“Discedo solus, what in God’s name is that supposed to mean?” One of the shadowy members of the SEELE council asks.\\
“Nothing. It's Latin, but it's nonsense,” Lorenz replies flippantly. “Whoever did this probably just looked up a couple of words that looked right and mixed them together without thought for grammar. The message is clear though.”

* The mission scene in ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica Beavis and Butt-Head Do America]]'' has background music whose text, the score's composer admits in a DVD feature (and demonstrates in the manuscript score), runs: "''Scrotum agitato, Ignoramus, Genitilis longuis, Hemorrhidus burnum'' all day long."
* It's easy to miss, but in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''. Professor Porter refers to rhinos and baboons as Rhinoceros bihornius and Theropithecus babunious respectively, neither of which are the actual scientific names of any real life species of rhinoceros or baboon. Theropithecus is a legitimate genus, but it refers to the gelada, a cousin of baboons living in the Ethiopian highlands, while baboons belong to the genus Papio.
* The [[StealthPun VW Beetle]] insects from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' are named Vroomaroundus Bugus.
* In the movie ''Westernanimation/{{Rio 2}}'', Bia's pop-up book has an anaconda listed as Anacondus Giganticus.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', the second line of Ursula's spell to transform Ariel into a human and take her voice is a melange of gratuitous Greek, Latin, and Italian:
-->Larynxes, glossitis, et max laryngitis, la voce to me!


* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' gives us another round of {{punny name}}s, such as [[GagPenis Biggus Dickus]] and his wife Incontinentia Buttocks. The trope as a whole, though, is parodied in the scene where a Roman centurion makes Brian painstakingly correct the grammar of his "Romans Go Home" graffiti. It is a perennial favorite among cool high-school Latin teachers (though he uses the term "locative" incorrectly).
** "Motion towards" ''technically'' isn't Locative, but it is only used by handful of words that can also use Locative, so they are always taught together in the same chapter of Latin textbooks. His ExactWords were that "This is Motion Towards isn't it, boy?...Except that ''domus'' takes the..?" "The ''Locative'', sir!" The general point that "Domus takes the Locative and therefore also uses Motion Towards" is entirely accurate.
** John Cleese himself taught Latin (albeit very briefly).
** the film is actually playing with the whole idea at this point, because the ROMANS think these names sound absurd...
* Film/TheAddamsFamily motto from the 1991 film, ''Sic gorgiamus allos subjectos nunc'', allegedly meaning "we gladly feast on those who would subdue us". The correct Latin version of that motto would be something like ''"Qui nos opprimere velint, illos libenter devoramus"'', which translated more literally is: "Who would subdue us, them we gladly devour." (The order is unusual in English, but it is natural in Latin.).''
* The BigBad in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' makes all her magical incantations in something Latinesque.
* The StonerFlick ''Film/JMenForever'' has the motto of the J-Men as "''U Cannabis Smokem''."
* The original version of Disney film ''The Shaggy Dog'' and its sequel ''The Shaggy DA'' had the incantation "in canis corpore transmuto" — which in real Latin would mean "I change into the body of a dog".
* The beginning of the escape sequence from ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'' has one of his {{Mooks}} pretending to be a priest giving him the last rites:
-->'''Charley:''' ''Dominus vobiscum nabisco. Espiritu sanctum. De gustibus. Me gustibus. You gustibus. We missed the bus. They missed the bus. When's the next bus? Summa cum laude. Magna cum laude. The radio's too laude. Adeste fidelis. Centra fidelis. High fidelis. Post meridian. Ante meridian. Uncle meridian. All of the little meridians. Magna carta. Master charga. Dum procellas. Lotsa Vitalis.''
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TopSecret''. A prison chaplain attends to soon-to-be-executed with [[OminousLatinChanting his share of chanting]]. Some proper Latin does get included in the mix, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coitus_interruptus Coitus interruptus]]" for instance.

* Most of the spells in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' were (loosely) based on Latin ("Expelliarmus", "Wingardium Leviosa", etc.) Most of them sounded decent, but occasionally one more obvious would enter the mix, such as "Petrificus Totalus" -- the Full Body Bind, or "Riddikulus", the spell to turn a Boggart into something hilarious. It's also used to give several characters punny names (Lupin the werewolf, Ludo the gaming official, etc). This becomes especially amusing in the audiobooks read by Creator/StephenFry, who actually knows Latin. [[GeniusBonus It's funny to hear him giving real pronunciation to fake words.]]
* The eponymous wizard in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' straight up admits he's using quasi-Latin or pseudo-Latin, in so many words, with spells like "Fuego!" for [[PlayingWithFire fire]] (when he needed even more fire, we even got "Fuegoso! Pyrofuego!"), "Forzare!" for force and "Ventas servitas" for [[BlowYouAway wind]]. They're his three favourite standby spells. The Faux-Latin words apparently are helpful foci for concentrating the energy that allows magic to happen. (Other wizards have been described as using Japanese, Sumerian, Greek, and Egyptian-based spell invocations in the books, but the exact words are not given.) In this particular case, it's important that he ''not'' use proper Latin words, because the words of a spell become inextricably bound with the use of magic in a wizard's mind -- and while he wouldn't run the risk of accidentally casting spells when simply speaking Latin[[note]]which is the lingua franca of the wizarding community[[/note]]), Harry says that words in foreign, unfamiliar languages provide a sort of insulation from the raw power of a spell for a wizard's mind. One time in ''Fool Moon'' he cast a spell when he couldn't speak: The spell worked fine, but he was badly disoriented for some time after.
** On top of that, his ''actual'' Latin is ''horrible.'' And if he learned it better, using actual Latin for spells would no longer work, as the buffer would no longer be provided. No one uses spells in real languages that they actually know, mostly to protect themselves from that backlash.
** In a short story, he once terrified someone by dramatically intoning, "''[[ParodyMagicSpell Intimidatus dorkus maximus!]]''"
** A flashback in one of the books provides a humorous spin on the concept. Young Harry had trouble casting a simple spell to light a candle, and would often cheat by using a cigarette lighter when his mentor Justin Dumorne wasn't looking. Eventually Dumorne admonished Harry that he'd have to do it the right way because he wouldn't always be able to "flick his Bic"[[note]]An old advertising jingle for Bic lighters[[/note]]. Inspiration struck Harry, and he finally managed to light the candle with the incantation "Flickum Biccus", to Dumorne's amusement.
* Finding a mysterious fossil of a never-before-seen organism, one of the protagonists of Creator/EricFlint and Creator/RykESpoor's ''Literature/{{Boundary}}'' names it ''Bemmius secordi''. The ''secordi'' is for the Secord family, on whose land it was found. Only a few people catch on that the ''Bemmius'' is her covert reference to "Bug Eyed Monster", as she's convinced it's the fossil of an alien but dares not to say so openly.
* Averted in Creator/HBeamPiper's ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/18137 Little Fuzzy]]'', where the narration specifically discusses how the scientific nomenclature of TheFuture no longer requires Latin or Greek terminology (or, evidently, several other established rules), and the newly-discovered aboriginal life-form on the colony world is officially designated ''Fuzzy sapiens''.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels are primarily set in or around [[CityOfAdventure Ankh-Morpork]], where Latatian, or "very bad doggy Latin", was the former language. As a result, the books have so many examples it almost qualifies for its own sub-page. A favorite joke of Pratchett's is to present English expressions in Latin, where they make no sense literally.
** For starters, the city's mottos are: ''Quanti canicula ille in fenestra'', or "How much is that doggie in the window," and ''Merus in pectum et in aquam'', or "Pure in heart and water", [[BlatantLies for a city whose river is so polluted you could skateboard across it]].
** The City Watch's motto is ''[[Film/DirtyHarry Fabricati Diem Pvnc]]'', apparently an abbreviated form of a previous motto (''Fabricati Diem, Pvncti Agvnt Celeriter'' -- "make the day, the moments will pass quickly"), which LOOKS as though it means "make my day, punk", but doesn't - but one the members is convinced it means "To Protect and Serve".
** This became a plot point in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay,'' where the old-fashioned villain announced all of his plans through heraldry mottos that contained very bad Latin puns. If anyone on the Watch had been of a more punny disposition, they might have figured it out fifty pages in ([[MagnificentBastard Vetinari actually did, but he let the scheme go ahead anyway because it gave Vimes something to do]]).
** The motto of Lord Vetinari is "Sic non confectus, non reficiat" which is said to translate as "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
** ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' says that the decisions he makes in ruling are justified by the law of ''Quia ego sic dico'', or "Because I say so." (Vetinari firmly believes in the "One Man, One Vote" system. He is The Man, so he has The Vote.)
** Occult uses of CanisLatinicus include the TomeOfEldritchLore ''Liber Paginarum Fulvarum'', which translates as "The Book of Yellow Pages".
** The related ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft Necrotelicomnicon]]'' comes from the same dictionary. [[note]]Literally, the Telephone Book of the Dead. [[/note]]
** The motto for Unseen University is ''Nunc id Vides, Nunc ne Vides'', or "Now you see it, now you don't."
** The Fool's Guild has ''Dico, Dico, Dico'', or "I say, I say, I say" -- a classic stage performer's line.
** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', a character received an honorary degree from [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]] entitled ''Doctorum Adamus cum Flabello Dulci''. [[spoiler:"Doctor of Sweet Fanny Adams", British slang for "nothing at all".]] Possibly a reference to PrivateEye's honorary degrees (see below).
*** The wizards at the UU weren't especially happy about awarding an "honorary degree" to a Klatchian Prince, so they deliberately made up a fake name. As it turns out, the Prince is ''quite'' familiar with "Latatian," resulting in a rather awkward moment. "The Prince says it is Doctor of [[spoiler:Sweet Fanny Adams]]. Oh, how we are laughing."
** Elsewhere in the same book, Vimes comes upon the remains of a statue of General Tacticus (an ancient Morporkian war hero, better at conquering than Alexander the Great), the plinth of which bears the motto "Ab hoc possum videre domum tuum," or "[[ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere I can see your house from up here]]." This is noted to have been both a boast ''and'' a threat.
** The motto of the extended [[GrimReaper Death]] family is ''Non Timetis Messor''. The literal translation is ''Have No Timidity Towards Him Who Gathers The Harvest'', or in plain English, ''[[Music/BlueOysterCult Don't Fear The Reaper]]''.
*** Pratchett took this as the motto on his own coat of arms when he was knighted (in proper Latin, "Noli Timere Messorem"). Now consider that he was suffering from a terminal illness...
** The [[LandDownunder Ecksian]] version of Unseen University has ''Nullus Anxietas'' ("No Worries") written over the front gates.
** Also "Nulli Sheilae sanguineae" : No bloody Sheilas.
** [[LovableCoward Lovable]] [[TheSoCalledCoward Coward]] Rincewind has, on separate occasions, been heard to exclaim "Stercus, stercus, stercus, moriturus sum" (Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit, I am about to die!) and "Morituri Nolumus Mori" (we who are about to die, don't want to).
** Albert's "Sodomy non sapiens" ("buggered if I know")
** In a similar vein, Nanny Ogg translates her favorite BawdySong, for Casanunda's benefit, as "Il Porcupino Nil Sodomy Est" ("The Hedgehog Can Never Be Buggered"). Naturally, the full lyrics are never given.
** Quoting this stuff is, of course, a favorite pastime of the Lawyers Guild and by extension, its head [[AmoralAttorney Mr Slant]]. Amusingly a lot of what he says sounds like complete nonsense, like citing someone should be released from prison on the grounds of something that translates as "pockets full of fish", but it has actual precedent in Ankh-Morpork law.[[note]]A man was thrown into a lake, but since he came out with his pockets filled with fish, the judge determined that the whole experience had been a [[IncrediblyLamePun net benefit]] and the thrower could not be prosecuted.[[/note]] This is a thematic reference to real-world legal examples known by funny names, such as the "fertile octogenarian", the "unborn widow", and the "magical gravel pit", all three being barely possible absurdities spawned by a technicality of inheritance law known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illustrations_of_the_rule_against_perpetuities "rule against perpetuities"]].
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Slant also has the line: "Ave! duci novo, similis duci seneci" ("Meet the new boss, same as the elder boss"). Which he then jokingly repeats as: "Ave! Bossa nova, similis bossa seneca". Yeah, that's right: ''[[UpToEleven Dog Latatian]]''.
** ''Jingo'' has him quote the doctrine of "acquiris quodcumque rapis" ("you get what you grab") in relation to the territorial dispute at the heart of the novel's plot.
** One of the books is titled ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' ("get the jugular" or "go for the throat") after the motto of a family of Vampires.
** In ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', [[spoiler: the talking toad]] translates the Feegles' PreAsskickingOneLiner[=s=] into Latatian legalese to defend them from spectral lawyers conjured by the Queen of the Elves (entering a plea of ''vis-ne faciem capite repletam'', "would you like a face full of head?" and citing ''potest-ne mater tua suere, amice'', "can your mother sew, pal?")
** In ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', a certain village uses the book ''Magavenatio Obtusis'', or "Witch-Hunting For Dumb People". Of course, the book was actually written by [[spoiler: Miss Tick, a witch]].
** In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', Koomi of Smale's work of heretical theology ''Ego Video Liber Deorum'' is translated in a footnote as ''Gods: A Spotter's Guide'', but the ''[[BilingualBonus real]]'' joke is that a more direct translation would be ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-Spy_(Michelin) I-Spy]] Book of Gods''.
* The poem "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Motor_Bus The Motor Bus]]" by A.D. Godley declines "motor bus" in every singular and plural case as if it actually were a Latin noun phrase. Which, technically, it ''is'', except bus is a contraction of "omnibus", which is dative plural already -- the nominative singular would be "omnis". Chalk it up to poetic license.
* Being set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels are similarly lousy with the stuff:
** ''Caves of Ice'' takes place on the [[SingleBiomePlanet frozen planet]] of Simia Orichalchae (which roughly translates as "brass monkey", as in "cold enough to freeze the balls off..."). There's also a reference to the planet Nusquam Fundumentibus ("arse end of nowhere").
** ''Duty Calls'' takes place on Periremunda ("lost world") and includes a plateau named Aceralbaterra, which translates as Maple White Land, [[GeniusBonus the name of the plateau in]] Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912''. Bonus points because after being discovered by Acer Alba, Periremunda was rediscovered by "Magos Provocare," a name that could be rendered as "Professor Challenger."
** An undescribed type of food mentioned more than once is [[Film/SoylentGreen "soylens viridiens"]].
* "Archaic" in [[Literature/TheQueensThief Megan Whalen Turner's]] novels appears to be a mix of this and [[GratuitousGreek kyneio:s hellenizesthai]].
* Used deliberately in ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', when Offred discovered a scratched phrase in Latin -- "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" -- in her room left by the previous Handmaid, a super big thing because women in Gilead aren't allowed to read or write. When she asks Fred what it means, he identifies it as an old Dog Latin joke -- translated roughly as "[[{{Determinator}} Don't let the bastards grind you down]]" -- and makes reference to a couple of other similar jokes. Of course, the meaning is far from a joke to Offred.
* The Creator/DrSeuss character Thidwick the moose is labeled as ''Moosus antlerus''. (For the record, the real scientific term for moose is ''Alces alces''.)
* ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'' describes the cause of Henry I's death as a surfeit of palfreys. This is noted on a genealogical chart of kings as "obit surfeiti palfreyorum," or "o.s.p." for short. (Normally, "o.s.p." is an abbreviation for "obit sine prole," meaning having died without issue.)
* ''Literature/FarmerGilesOfHam'', a comic short story written by Creator/JRRTolkien and set in pseudo-Medieval England, contains a good deal of Latin, in place names, inscriptions, and so forth. It is all correct, Professor Tolkien being a linguist, but this trope is still acknowledged and played with. While dogs could generally speak in the [[CommonTongue vulgar tongue]] but not "Book-latin", the farmer's dog Garm "could not talk even dog-latin".
* Creator/HLMencken, in several writings, examined the traits of the species known as ''Boobus americanus'', widely distributed within the United States.
* The title of Creator/RadityaDika's third book, ''Radikus Makankakus'' (BilingualBonus side-note: "makan kakus" literally means "[[ToiletHumor eating toilets]]").
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'': In ''The Fairy Godmother'', it is said that "dragonets [...] were the much smaller, unintelligent subspecies of Draconis Sapiens". ''Draconis Sapiens'' is presumably the designation for sapient dragons, which appear later in the series.

* In ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the Ancient language is quasi-Latin -- for instance, the Ancient term for "Stargates" is "Astria Porta". The in-universe explanation is that it is actually Latin's mother tongue, even though the Ancients on Earth supposedly died out by 3,000 BC -- long before Latin began to form. [[AWizardDidIt Although, one learns quickly to avoid thinking too hard about anything scientific when watching these shows.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' {{subverted}} this by using (mostly) accurate Latin as the language of magic.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' started out as an {{aversion}}, since the spells in the Book of Shadows were all in English and the sisters created their own spells in English as well. It was rife with it in later seasons, though. The episode "A Witch in Time" features a warlock whose spells are invented Latin words. ("Consilio"? (for "Conceal") "Incendiares globus"? "TELEPORTATO"?)
** OurGoodFriends at Website/TelevisionWithoutPity even baptized the show's made up Latin as "Craptin."
* ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' uses this as a RunningGag. Before each meeting begins in Possum Lodge, the lodge members sit, stand, salute and state in unison, "Quando omni flunkius, moritati".[[note]]"When all else fails, play dead."[[/note]] Then they sit back down.
* The theme song to ''Series/MrBean'' is ''"Ecce homo qui est faba"'', which basically means "Behold the man who is a bean."
* ''Series/FatherTed'', being a sitcom about the Catholic Church, features a couple of instances of this. In "Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest", [[TheDitz Father Dougal]] tries to administer the Last Rites, with predictable results ("Eh...totus tuus dominimus canus [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costacurta Costacurta]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Carlos_(footballer) Roberto Carlos]] amen"). In "A Christmassy Ted", a priest is seen practicing for a Mass from a [=TelePrompTer=]:
-->'''Priest''': ''Dominus albe turum''...you know what, change the "''dominus''" to "''canus''".
* One episode of music-centric PanelGame ''Series/NevermindTheBuzzcocks'' lead to panellist Bill Bailey, on answering a question incorrectly, responding with "Quiz Poppius Trivialis". After which, Mark Lamarr re-responded "Buzzcockius No Pointata".
* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' is surprisingly good about using actual Latin, Greek, and Welsh words (if not proper use of either grammar or MagicAIsMagicA to match), but a few stinkers got by, such as "Hilarium Shenolia".
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'''s motto for Stephen going to Iraq? What else: ''Veritasiness''.
** Jon Stewart has been known to play with this trope on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' as well. "And therefore, ipso facto, [[Literature/HarryPotter Wingardiam Leviosa]]..."
* Speaking of Iraq, ''Series/GenerationKill'' has a kinda mixed up one: "semper ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}''", "always flexible".
** More of a Real Life example, as the phrase doesn't actually originate in the show but was already in use long before the show was pitched.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'''s many spells that are just normal phrases with Latin suffixes slapped on. According to WordOfGod most of the spells are based off crew members' names.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Lampshaded when the Doctor and Martha help Shakespeare defeat the Carrionite witches by an adlibbed spell:
-->'''Shakespeare:''' "Banished like a tinker's cuss, I say to thee..." ''(he again looks to the Doctor)''\\
'''The Doctor:''' Uh... ''(he looks to Martha)''\\
'''Martha Jones:''' [[Literature/HarryPotter Expelliarmus!]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' Expelliarmus!\\
'''Shakespeare:''' "Expelliarmus!"\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[ShoutOut Good old J.K.!]]
*** Double Lampshaded when you recall that the Tenth Doctor was previously Barty Crouch, Jr. of ''[[Literature/HarryPotter The Goblet of Fire]]'' fame.
** In "The Almost People", the Doctor calls Rory "Roranicus Pondicus" in reference to his time as "Rory the Roman".
* ''Series/TheWorstWitch'' was using this to make spells sound cool [[OlderThanTheyThink before Harry Potter was a gleam in J.K.'s eye]]. The show lampshades it every now and then as one episode had Charlie pronouncing a word wrong and it turned Ethel into a duck. Another had Enid try to come up with a spell to get them food, "send us some snacks and make it hasty" and bales of hay fell down on them. It's worth noting that in the original books the actual spell words were not given.
* In the series finale of ''Series/SportsNight'', the station is purchased by a company called Quo Vadimus.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici" features an homage to the old Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons. While Dean is chasing the episode's villain, the screen pauses to give Latin sounding captions to Dean and the bad guy.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** When Klinger is facing a court-martial for theft, he selects Maj. Winchester to be his defense attorney. Winchester tries to raise an objection of "Unum pilule acetylsalicylicus, tres in diem, post sebum." The JAG prosecutor is flummoxed by the term, having no idea what it means. The Judge does, however, and orders Winchester to translate. Sheepishly, he admits that he was objecting on the grounds of "Aspirin, three times a day." (According to IMDB, the actual Latin would be, "Unum pilula acidum acetylsalicylicus, tris in die, post cibum", and literally means "One tablet of aspirin, three times a day, after meals.")
** When Klinger is facing a court-martial for theft, Hawkeye and BJ arrive [[BigDamnHeroes just before the JAG was about to render a guilty verdict]] with new evidence to exonerate Klinger. BJ announced, "Just a bit of habeus corpus, corpus dilectus, [[Music/ColePorter delightful, delicious and de-lovely]].
* The rat host of ''Series/HorribleHistories'' discusses this in the course of explaining that the Romans made sandwiches before Earl Sandwich ever did: "...so we should probably call it a sandwichus! Hahahaha! 'Cause that's - [[DontExplainTheJoke if you put an ''-us'' on the ends of words]], it makes it sound Roman...?"
* In the ''Series/EverDecreasingCircles'' episode "Manure", a miscommunication with a tractor driver results in a pile of manure being dumped on [[ScheduleFanatic Martin Bryce's]] driveway instead of that of his next door neighbour [[TheAce Paul Ryman]]; Martin and Paul's friend Hilda Hughes accidentally makes things worse by hiring a skip to use to get rid of the manure, only to discover that the contract stipulates that they will not pick it up for two days. Paul manages to persuade them to take it back early by telling them that the terms of the contract are "''de profundis mundi'' and ''extincto craptor''". Which, he happily tells Martin, is utter gibberish, but it sounds like legalese, so it works anyway.
* The opening sequence of ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' has [[http://trollback.com/last-week-tonight/ explanatory cards akin to the periodic table]] filled with these (John himself: "Hostus Mostus", a satellite: "[[TheInternetIsForPorn Torrens Pornarum]]"), along with the occasional [[AltumVidetur correct Latin]] ("Tempus Fugit", ''time flies'': time; "DeusExMachina", ''god in the machine'': [[RevolversAreJustBetter handgun]]).

* The French [[HeavyMithril MithrilPop]] band ERA uses a fictional [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Latin / Romanesque-sounding]] language in practically all their songs.
* One Music/BlueOysterCult album is titled ''Cultösaurus Erectus''.
* The debut album of the Swedish band Music/{{Candlemass}} is titled ''Epicus Doomicus Metallicus''. This is how DoomMetal genre got its name.
* Toward the fade-out of XTC's "Towers of London", Andy Partridge repeatedly sings "Londinium," interspersed with vocalizing. The song being something of a tribute to London's wonderfulness (nonetheless acknowledging certain brutal realities), Andy said he imagined it could be a fitting word for the magical substance of which London was made.
* The title of Blue Cheer's album "Vincebus Eruptum" is allegedly Latin for "controlled chaos," but "vincebus" is not a real Latin word.
* According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiemus The Other Wiki]], composer Karl Jenkins had no idea that his Adiemus albums were (almost) named "we shall approach" in Latin. There are no actual lyrics on the albums, but vocalizations meant to function as part of the instrumental background.
* The progressive metal band "Pain of Salvation" has lots of pseudo-Latin song names. Daniel Gildenlöw explains: "I'd say the trick is not to see the titles as pure Latin, but a connecting thread woven by words in Latin. Thus, Lilium Cruentus is formed by the words for lily and stained by blood and is preferably interpreted as a loss of innocence and virginity, see? There are no rules here, just triggers to the mind."
* Globus uses [[RuleofCool Rule of Cool]] Latin-esque lyrics. A [[http://latindiscussion.com/forum/latin/song-preliator.9204/ debate]] between some Latin scholars/students over the song Preliator contains a link to this page.
* Britsh folk-rockers Music/SteeleyeSpan charted with an a capella song in Latin called "Gaudete" (well, it was Christmas). As scholars pointed out, the lyrics were in the debased dog-latin used by mediaeval monks.
* Country Humor singer Ray Stevens uses this in the song "The Haircut Song" when the "half-catholic, half-baptist" barber prays "Oh, Lord, for these haircuts we are about to receive may we be truly thankful. Dominus Passem, pax probiscus, post-mortem et tu Brute, puella carborundum"
* Music/{{BT}}'s ''ESCM'' album has a track called "Orbitus Teranium", a corruption of "orbis terrarum".
* The {{industrial}} band Black Rain has "Endourban", whose name is a compound of the Greek prefix ''endo'' and the Latin adjective ''urbanum''. The proper Latin-derived word would be "intraurban", which doesn't have the same ring.

* OlderThanSteam: The first recorded use of "fuck" in the English language is a poem, "Flen flyys" ("Fleas and flies"). It's Bowdlerized by making the last two lines Canis Latinicus: "Non sunt in celi/quia '''fuccant''' uuiuys of heli" ("They are not in heaven / Who fuck the wives of Ely.") Believe it or not, some of the lesser known poems in the ''Music/CarminaBurana'' use this form of Bowdlerization as well. (They didn't make it into the Orff version.)

* [[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/opinion/12dowd.html This]] ''New York Times'' op-ed.

* The Imperium of Man in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe uses Dog Latin as a translation convention[[note]]WordOfGod has stated that it's not actually Dog Latin, but used to simulate what High Gothic would sound like to a Low Gothic speaker[[/note]] for High Gothic, an archaic language mainly used in formal settings.
** Some examples include the Adeptus Astartes ({{Space Marine}}s), Adeptus Mechanicus (engineering and science), the Ecclesiarchy (priests), and Departmento Munitorum (Military command & logistics). Place names show this too, along with what seems to be a healthy dose of gallows humour among the harried explorers and colonists who found themselves stuck on the nastier ones in ancient times. Examples include the ice worlds Simia Orichalchae and Nusquam Fundumentibus (respectively, Dog Latin for "Brass Monkey" and "Arse End of Nowhere").
** Not all of the examples go down quite so easy, though -- take the Administratum, Exterminatus, the Senatorum Imperialis. Then there are the various holy orders (or Ordos) of the Inquisition: Hereticus, Xenos (dealing with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin heretics and aliens]], respectively) and Malleus, a reference to the ''Literature/MalleusMaleficarum'' (the Hammer of the Witches; the book used to ''prove'' that witches existed and how to deal with them), and calling yourselves the ''Order of the Witches'' doesn't really give the right impression. Thus, the Order of the Hammer ''of the Witches''...
** Oddly enough, some of their Latin is actually pretty much correct. The Inquisition's motto ("Innocentia Nihil Probat", Innocence Proves Nothing) is perfectly good Latin.
*** Understandable, as Games Workshop is based in the UK, and for many decades it was standard that English schoolboys learn Latin.
** It also happens in-universe: The ''TabletopGame/BlackCrusade'' rulebook specifies that people often choose a new name after becoming heretics, and some make one up in faux High Gothic.
** Done deliberately in the mid 2010s due to copyright concerns. Good Latin would have been as hard to defend in court as the original, but sufficiently bad Latin can be trademarked. Thus the SpaceMarine line (a term the company had recently humiliated itself trying to prove it owned despite being a generic term that predates GW by decades) were now ''always'' called Adeptus Astartes, and the Imperial Guard acquired the rather silly Astra Militarum.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem''
** The game features some odd Latin. "Lancea Sanctum"? "Ordo Dracul"? You can kind of tell they stuck random inflections (or no inflections, as the case may be) to words.
** ''Requiem in Rome'' puts a small {{Retcon}} on the former -- in the Roman Empire, the Lancea Sanctum were ''Lancea et Sanctum'', but time and non-Latin-speaking vampires eventually warped the words. Except "Lancea et Sanctum" is even stranger, as the they're supposed to be the the order of Longinus' ''sacred spear'' -- that is, his ''lancea sancta''. ''Lancea et Sanctum'' literally means "the lance/spear and the holy thing".
*** Interstingly in the German version of the game, the name of the Lancea Sancta is spelled correctly, ie Lancea Sancta. So no need for a justification. This could be due to the fact that Latin classes are still quite common in German High Schools so chances are high that one of the translators knew his Latin.
** "Ordo Dracul" is stranger still: ''Dracul'' is not Latin, but ''Romanian'' for "the dragon" or "the devil"; the ''-ul'' ending translates as the article "the".
*** Given that the Ordo Dracul is named after "Dracula" (a Romanian vampire), despite most of them in this day and age not really caring about him, the Latin+Romanian nature of the Covenant's name makes a little more sense.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The original "Monster Manual" included Dog Latin versions of taxonomic names for its ten varieties of dragon (genus ''Draco''). Some of these were puns, particularly the ''Draco Comes Stabuli'', the "constable" [[DontExplainTheJoke or "copper"]] dragon.
** Gazetteer 10: "The Orcs of Thar", gives scientific names for the various humanoid subspecies. Of note, Kobolds receive "Canus Minor" (before being adjusted to be lizard-like rodents), and Gnolls receive "Canus Erectus" (despite being based off hyenas.)
** The third edition undead manual, ''Libris Mortis'', is a subversion (or a double subversion of [[AltumVidetur good Latin]]). Most people assume it's supposed to mean ''Book of the Dead'' and gets it wrong -- that would be ''Liber Mortis''. On these grounds, much of the community calls it the "Book of Bad Latin". However, [[AllThereInTheManual if you read the book's introduction]], it turns out it's actually intended to mean ''From The Books of the Dead'' -- for which it is actually quite correct. [[labelnote:*]]Most Latin speakers would more naturally tend to include the word ''ex'' ("from"), but the ablative form ''libris'' implies that just fine, and the preposition is unnecessary.[[/labelnote]]
* Third edition ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' has this for nearly every monster. A notable example is Anatanthropus Donaldii, or "duck man from/of WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}}", for the Gloranthan race known as ducks.

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* ''VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath'': The True Tongue sometimes sounds like this, with words like "interrogatory" and "dictum".
* The Troggles in the MECC's ''[[VideoGame/NumberMunchers Munchers]]'' games have the genus name "Trogglus" and species names such as "smarticus", "normalus", and "timidus". Only the last of these is a real Latin word (and it means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it looks like]]). The Number Muncher is also identified as "Munchicus digitus".
* ''VideoGame/MythTheFallenLords'': the species of the trows has individuals bear names in pseudolatin. Besides, their ancient fallen city in level 22 has this writing on a wall as an easter egg: OSCULARIS TUI MATRIS CUM OS ISTE, "You kiss your mother with that mouth". Actual latin would have been "oscularis matrem tuam ore isto".
* The unofficial "motto" of arcane casters on the Khyber server in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' is "''Vene Vidi Igni''" -- which they translate as "I came, I saw, I set it on fire."
* ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' has a bit of gratuitous Latin (the motto over the Hall of Justice on Lucre Island reads something like "Where is the booty?") This frustrates the main character, Guybrush, who eventually mutters something about wishing he had bought the ''Latin for Scummies'' book.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has some fun with this. During The Quest for the Holy MacGuffin, you get a number of clues for various obstacles, some of which follow this trope. Such as:
[[spoiler: "We don't need no water, let the motherfucker burn."]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
** ''The Sims 2: University'' has a [[ManEatingPlant cowplant]] with the taxonomic label of ''Laganaphyllis simnovorii''. No ''taurus'' or ''bovinae'' in sight, oddly enough. This is still a MeaningfulName, as when the cowplant gets hungry, it [[ManEatingPlant eats Sims]] (i.e. it is a [[DontExplainTheJoke simnovore]]).
*** [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/laganum#Latin laganum]] means cake, and (at least in Sims 3) the cow plant produces a slice of cake to lure the Sims in. Presumably it also likes cake as well.
** The ''Apartment Life'' expansion pack (re-)introduces magic into the series. The spells are Latin-sounding things like "Appello Simae", which summons other sims.
** Bizarrely, ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'', which you'd ''expect'' to use Dog Latin, hardly uses any.
* The 1989 release ''Keef the Thief'' featured such spells as "Flickus Bickus" and "Bandus Aidus."
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' plays it more straight, spellcasters mutter one of three or four different phrases that don't appear to mean anything. It's not even entirely clear whether they're meant to be Latin or just [[ConLang Latin-sounding]]. They are tied to ''schools'' of magic, though, so ''Bull's Strength'' and ''Meteor Storm'' wouldn't have the same phrase, but ''Meteor Storm'' and ''Fireball'' would. ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' uses the same exact incantation soundbites.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe, all the Covenant species, in addition to having a nickname (e.g., "Elites") and a formal name ("Sangheili"), also have a faux-Latin scientific name ("Macto cognatus"). You can read all the names and the meanings behind them in [[http://forums.bungie.org/halo/archive29.pl?read=865756 this forum post]].
* The names of the skills in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' have dog-Latin translations.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' mixes actual Latin with [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Latin-sounding gibberish]] and [[MyNaymeIs oddly]] [[XtremeKoolLetterz spelled]] words that might be Latin to provide us with "Nox Nyctores" (a type of weapons system) and "Arcus Diabolus Bolverk" (a variant of same). By contrast, "Novus Orbis Librarium" earns bonus points for being [[ShownTheirWork passable Latin]] for [[OneWorldOrder "New World Library"]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}: Via Domus'' is an egregious example. In the game, Locke translates the TitleDrop as "The Way Home," which is apparently what the game creators meant, except that it would be Via Domum. This is actually pretty funny when you realize that it's the same mistake as in ''Life of Brian'' above. Most people just call it ''Lost: The Game'' though, because that's funny too.
* There's an online game called ''Gladiatus: Hero of Rome''. It (ostensibly) involves playing as a Gladiator in Ancient Rome. The title is nothing short of weird, considering it seems to be a "Latinized" version of the word "gladiator." Especially considering that the Latin word for "gladiator" is, (surprise!) "gladiator". While ''gladiator'' essentially means ''sword-user'' (swordsman), ''gladiatus'' would be closer to ''someone on whom a sword is used'', [[IronicName which fits, but probably not in the way they were hoping]].
* ''VideoGame/BlackSigil'' uses this to differentiate spells from regular ol' abilities. "Nox Ico" and "Curo Orbis" may ''sound'' like Latin, but... at least in those two examples, the only mistake is leaving object nouns (which should be accusative) in the nominative.
* ''VideoGame/LostSoulsMUD'' has lots of this flying around, especially in the names of the mage guilds -- Ordo Ignis Aeternis, Ordo Zephyrius Mutatoris, and the like.
* The background music in the world map phase of ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' contains actual Latin words as lyrics, but strung together with no regard for anything besides how they sound.
* In both ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' games, clicking on any one of your spells causes an evil sounding voice to mutter real-world words that somehow relate to the spell being cast. Some of the spells that appear in both games, use different phrase in each incarnation. Examples of such incantations: ''[[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/dungeonkeeper/images/4/43/SP_ARMS.ogg Aggressum Attractus]]'' - call to arms ("attract aggressors"), ''Otus Diabolus'' - evil sight, ''[[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/dungeonkeeper/images/e/e7/SP_LIGHT.ogg Electro Deus]]'' - lightning, ''[[https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/dungeonkeeper/images/9/9e/SP_HEAL.ogg Vitae]]'' - heal, ''Mortis'' - disease, (from the 2nd game) ''Impius Factoria'' - create imp, ''[[https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/dungeonkeeper/images/4/41/Inv_gld_lg.ogg Expressus Americanus]]'' - create money.
* Of all the Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, only Oddish has a confirmed scientific name: "Oddium Wanderus".
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', the opening song is called "Liberi Fatali", intended to mean "children of fate" or "fated children". "Liberi" is a nominative plural noun meaning "children", which they got right. "Fatali" is a singular dative/ablative adjective whose root is "fatalis," or "fated," and while the word is right, the case and number are wrong, the proper phrase should be "Liberi Fatales" or "Liberi Fati." WordOfGod says that this was an oversight.
* ''VideoGame/JetSetWilly'' includes a room called [[InTheNameOfTheMoon "Nomen Luni"]]. The correct Latin would be "Nomen ''Lunae''", since Luna is a feminine noun.
** The room in question was a TakeThat at the dog-Latin motto of rival software house Imagine: "Nomen Ludi" ("the name of the game").
* The [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] for ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun - Firestorm'' includes "scientific" notes of Dr. Boudreau. These notes have information on the new [[GreenRocks Tiberium]]-based lifeforms that have "evolved" in contaminated areas. One of these is commonly known as the Tiberium fiend. The eggheads felt the need to label it Canis Tiberius, even though Boudreau herself points out that the fiend has nothing in common with canines, except looking vaguely similar. Dogs aren't generally known for shooting GreenRock spikes at you from their backs. They also aren't horse-sized.
* The Piranhacus Giganticus (a giant Piranha Plant) from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series games.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' is full of these. All the PettingZooPeople have taxonomical names that ''end'' in ''Sapiens'' but are of different ''genus''; For example, Jade's "uncle", Pey'j, is a "Sus Sapiens" or "Wise Pig". Apparently the sentient versions of an animal get the 'sapiens' species no matter what.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dragonsphere}}'', the members of the race called the "Soptus Ecliptus" (aside from their caliph) tend to speak in a Latinate language (e.g. PE KA DOLI MEKRATUM, EP KA LI ABRASTUM, which means "If you don't prepare, you will be late"); the caliph, however, speaks excellent English.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'' on [=PS2=], several of the bosses have fake Latin names. Boss Biditank is "Poubelus Agrovis", Boss Chenille (a large caterpillar) is "Kapounus Grobilus", and Grolem 13 (Guardian of the 4th mask) is "Bigum Aerum Tornadus Recyclus".
* The soundtrack to ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' contains a lot of choir parts that are sung in Canis Latinicus (the words are mostly actual Latin words, but the grammar is... basically nonexistent).
* The ''VideoGame/HeadOverHeels'' manual gives the title characters silly Latin-inspired names: Headus Mouthion and Footus Underium.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}} 2: The River of Time'' has spells spoken in a latinish-sounding language, including "Corpofrigo" (Ice Breath), "Invoco Elementum" (Summon Fire Elemental), "Fulminictus" (Flash), "Potestas" (Strength Booster). A couple of spells are said in simil-german, like the blinding flash "Blitz ich finde". These spells originate in the tabletop RPG DasSchwarzeAuge, on which the Drakensang games are based.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** The Demoman's family motto[[note]]"In Regionem Caecorum Rex Est Luscus", in English: "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"[[/note]] is off by one letter; it should be '''Regione'''.
** During Halloween events, the magical spells generally use this format:
-->'''Merasmus:''' "Mortis Attagastah! Staffus Attackum! Hurlus Bombinus! ''Mortis Longdiiistimus''!"
* One of the messages ''Tumblebugs'' displays when you've lost all your lives is "Quando omni flunkus moritati: When all else fails, play dead."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has been mentioned above, and the Imperium's Latin-esque language occasionally carries over into the video game adaptations, such as ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'' with the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhoCf7Kq8Bc theme of the Space Marines]].
* In ''Last Word'' the motto of St. Lauden's is "Civilitus civilititum." Lampshaded when main character Whitty Gawship labels it "complete gibberish of the finest degree."
* The Magic Knight tetralogy has fun with this, with spells such as "Candelium Illuminatus" and "[[PressXToDie Quiticus Gamus]]".
* Many video games, especially {{Shoot Em Up}}s, have adopted Latin or pseudo-Latin words as titles. In most cases, the names have no explanation other than [[RuleOfCool sounding cool]], but a few come close to being meaningful:
** ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' may have been intended to be ''gladius'', Latin for "sword."
** ''VideoGame/UltionusATaleOfPettyRevenge'' almost correctly invokes the Latin word ''ultionis'', which means "of revenge."
* In ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', Professor von Kriplespac describes Conker's species as ''Furrius squidgetterius''.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the [[HumansAreLeaders Imperial]] race is heavily influenced by AncientRome. Most have Latin-sounding names and Latin sounding words ([[AltumVidetur real]] or otherwise) permeate through their culture.

* ''WebAnimation/TheLazerCollection'' features ''[[BreathWeapon Shoopus ma woopus]]''.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Parodied with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0253.html strip #253]], where Larry Gardener (himself a parody of Literature/HarryPotter) casts ''Stoppus Badguyus''.
** The strip also uses it to parody OminousLatinChanting [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html here]].
* From ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'': [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/75 this strip, second panel]]. Technically, that should be "[[spoiler:Slutta Maxima]]".'
* In ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' we have the dinosaur [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4770686/ Teinoknemesaurus kamus]], the magic spells [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4800312/ Petrifacto]], and [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4824803/ Unpetrifacto]]
* ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' parodies with, among other spells, [[http://www.meetmyminion.com/?p=1303 "Bastardized Latinium]]."

* Abused in ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' with everything related to the [[{{Precursors}} Iormunean]] [[AncientRome Imperium]]. Further abused by the self-proclaimed heir to the Imperium, the [[TheFederation Axifloan Coalition]].
* The UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague's Columbus Blue Jackets [[http://3.cdn.nhle.com/bluejackets/images/upload/2015/11/15_1114_ARI920.jpg had a game day poster]] against the Arizona Coyotes doing this in a ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner''-like manner.
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' sometimes has the recurring alchemists use fictional latin-sounding names for plants, as a parallel to latin scientific names from real life.

* The American translation of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', [[FollowTheLeader probably trying to inspire comparisons to]] ''Literature/HarryPotter'', uses a Latin-based spell system (notably absent in both the Italian original and the British translation), giving us many such gems, including a one-time spell whose sole purpose was to turn a motorcycle into a pig. The incantation? "''Oinkus Interceptus''".
* The educational but mind-blowing cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' includes a recurring location called Radopolis ([[TotallyRadical rad]]), ruled over by King Dudicus (dude). In case you couldn't guess, they were a TotallyRadical PlanetOfHats.
* Many of ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner'' cartoons in WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes introduce the pair with fake scientific names usually derived in this manner. Examples include ''Speedometrus Rapidus'' for the Roadrunner, and ''Famishus Famishus'' for the Coyote. One cartoon even gave the Roadrunner's "beep, beep" a scientific name ("beepus-beepus").
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had one short called ''"Love Stinks"'', which introduced Calamity Coyote as "''Devius Coyotius''", Little Beeper as "''Expedious Birdius''", and Fifi le Fume as "''Sexius Skunkius''". [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Amazing that the censors let that pass...]]
** Subverted in 2003's "Whizzard of Ow" in which the actual binomial names were used: ''Canis Latrans'' for the Coyote (Noisy dog -- ironic when you realize Wile E. almost never speaks), ''Geococcyx Californianus'' for the Road-runner (Californian Cuckoo that runs on land).
** The Bugs/Wile E. outing "Rabbit's Feat" has Wile E. in pursuit of the common western rabbit. "Rabbitus Idioticus Delicious...I believe that's the scientific term for it."
** And in "Stop! Look! And Hasten!" Wile E.'s Burmese Tiger Trap catches [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a Burmese Tiger]], ''Surprisibus! Surprisibus!''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** "You are, as they say in Latin, a ''dorkus malorkus''."
** One episode gave a direct nod to the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Road Runner]] series by having a freeze-framed Bart and Homer identified as "''Bratus Donthaveacowious''", and "''Homo Neadrathalus''" respectively.
** Another ''Road Runner'' parody appears at the beginning of "The Scorpion's Tale", where a photorealistic roadrunner and coyote and labeled ''Propertus Warnerbros'' and ''Copyrightus MCMXLIX'' respectively. Otto then runs over the roadrunner and is labeled ''Licensis suspendibus''.
** The seal of the mayor's office reads "Corruptus In Extremis".
* Kid Icarus of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' establishes his overwhelming Roman-ness (Greek-ness?) by [[VerbalTic ending random words]] with "-icus".
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** "Rectus! Dominus! [[RuleOfFunny Cheesy Poofs]]!" Additionally, a secret group surrounding the ancestor of Peter Rabbit, [[ItMakesSenseInContext the true pope]], introduced him by chanting "Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail" in Dog Latin (which become obvious when they get to "Hippitus, Hoppitus").
** The motto of the Planetarium reads: [[BeamMeUpScotty "Transmitte Me Sursum Caledoni"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' Bobby was (nearly!) forced to drink Caninus Spiritus or "Dog Blood" by a cult. There is also "Destroyus Bobbyus Hillus" as he leaves the group.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' begins by identifying Control Freak (Couchus Potaticus) and Beast Boy ([[{{Animorphism}} Animalus Switcheroonium]]). [[WholePlotReference And then it just keeps on going]] [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner like that]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'' tend to have names with Latin influences. Examples include Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Fortress Maximus, and Bruticus Maximus. Others are faux-Latin, such as "Jhiaxus" and [[UnfortunateNames "Rodimus Prime".]] The name "Jhiaxus" was originally a [[StealthParody stealth gag]]. When writer Simon Furman was tasked to write the ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' comic book, he suspected (rightly) that the series would be canceled shortly due to unrealistic sales expectations. He therefore named the main Decepticon BigBad after the pun [[BitingTheHandHumor "Gee, axe us!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' parodies the Roadrunner and Coyote with subtitles showing Sheep as "Sheepious Zipius" and Private Public as "A Latin joke about Private Public".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', with the activity of the day in class being rope-climbing and Harry too busy talking to Harry to pay attention, at one point Peter has to tell him, "Carpe ropum".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]], Twilight Sparkle attempts to study Pinkie Pie's strange abilities, and dubs her subject "Pinkius pieicus" (based on the humor of the episode, most certainly another ''WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}}'' {{homage}}).
** Season 2 baddie Discord is a "Draconequus". While this usage is on a number of RPG forums, it's clearly an example of mashing together the Latin words for dragon and horse.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', Capper warns his fellow Klugetown residents that the Mane Six are [[YouDontWantToCatchThis infected with the in-universe fictional disease]] "pastellis coloritis", taking advantage of the ponies' natural vivid colors.
* Most of the spells uttered by Cedric the sorcerer in ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' fall under this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' uses this in-universe with a LampshadeHanging. Sabrina keeps forgetting the actual incantations and casts spells using random Latin words. For example, using her wand and saying the Latin for 'poison ivy' imprisons her teacher inside a bush of the stuff. And by using the Latin for 'rabbit', she causes the MonsterOfTheWeek to start multiplying like rabbits.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', resident BoomerangBigot Uncle Ruckus claimed once that he had ''biggus backus tumoritus'', "Or whatever woid that [[SelfDeprecation my tiny negro brain and big black lips]] can't pronounce."
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the spell Gideon uses is actual Latin, and most of Dipper's spell is, too. However, "Inceptus Nolanus Overratus!" from the latter is a case of this. (As well as a TakeThat at ''Film/{{Inception}}''.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' short "How to Ride a Bicycle" has WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} labeled ''Goofilius Bikepedalus''.
* The beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' episode "Sense and Senegambia", in a parody of ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner'', has a cricket labeled "Delicius insectius", but subverts this by labeling Pumbaa as ''Phacochoerus aethiopicus'' (the actual scientific name of the desert warthog).

* Henry Schoolcraft named the source of the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca, using Canis Latina. He made up the somewhat nonsensical compound "veritas caput," which was supposed to mean 'true head' (i.e., river source), but actually would mean something like "truth (is) head" with both nouns in the nominative case. Then he disguised it by lopping off the first and last syllables, keeping the middle, which made it complete nonsense.
* The VST synthesizer [[http://www.soniccharge.com/synplant Synplant]] is supposed to represent an "organic" mode of creating sounds -- hence, randomly-generated patches are created with a randomly-generated name made out of random Latin words, to sound like plants. The one on the website is "Quorum Inedicabilis", both of which are real words, but have little to do with the sound of a synthesizer.
* Scientists, when naming new species, will often name them after famous scientists or political figures, though instead of "us," they often add "-i" (for the genitive case) instead. This gets really silly when the person being honored is named "Ishii".
** An example that makes Aussies' skin crawl - a species of land snail now known by the scientific name ''[[Series/CrocodileHunter Crikey steveirwini]]''.
*** Irwin also has a turtle named after him, ''Elseya irwini''.
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strigiphilus_garylarsoni Strigiphilus garylarsoni]]'', a biting louse named for the cartoonist of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', is only one example.
** Larson also got another honor, but not in a species' name. See the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thagomizer Thagomizer]] on Wiki/ThatOtherWiki.
** Creator/TerryPratchett has an extinct species of turtle ([[Literature/{{Discworld}} what else?]]) (''Psephophorus terrypratchetti'') named after him, and kept a fossil of it on his desk.
** ''Gingoites nannyoggiae'', (at least, as reported by the Art of Discworld), the scientific name of a particular Mesozoic plant.
** Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits has the [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/01/25/wknop25.xml Masiakasaurus knopfleri]] named after him (prompting many jokes about being an aging rock dinosaur)
** At first, ''Film/JurassicPark'''s movie [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology looked a bit odd to palaeontologists]], as the "velociraptors" were far too large (actual members of the genus ''Velociraptor'' were about the same size as chickens and turkeys). Then along came a discovery of a raptor-family dinosaur in Utah, every bit as big as the raptors in the movie and even bigger. It was dubbed ''Utahraptor spielbergi''. Technically, the animal is now called ''Utahraptor ostrommaysorum''. Another scientist, however, named a species of pterosaur (flying reptiles related to the dinosaurs) of the genus ''Coloborhynchus'', "''Coloborhynchus spielbergi''", although its validity as a separate species of ''Coloborhynchus'' is currently under debate.
** John Cleese has ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bemaraha_Woolly_Lemur a lemur]]'' named after him. As far as cuteness goes, he wins.
** Archeologists excavating a Mayan artifact site found a pictographic collection containing a carving of a very large, stylized snake; which they unofficially named ''"montypythonidies"''.
** On hearing about the newly discovered spider ''Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi'', Stephen Colbert demanded that he get an animal, too. The biologist in question duly named ''Aptostichus stephencolberti''.
** Musician Sting has an Amazonian tree frog named after him--''Dendropsophus stingi''.
** And then there's ''Calponia harrisonfordi'', which is a primitive spider.
** A species of mushroom has been named ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13874049 Spongiforma squarepantsii]]'' in homage to ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.
** There is a genus of dinosaur known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gojirasaurus Gojirasaurus]]. Yes, named after '''that''' [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Gojira]].
** Same goes for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracorex_Hogwartsia Dracorex hogwartsia]]'' (which has been suggested in recent years to be just a juvenile ''Pachycephalosaurus''), whose name roughly means "Dragon King of [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts]]."
** ''Vampyroteuthis infernalis''(Infernal Vampire Squid)
** ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerodactylus Aerodactylus scolopacipeps]]'', formerly considered a species of ''Pterodactylus'', is now a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}
* There is an entire website devoted to proving that scientists have a sense of humor. Among others:
** The fossil fly ''Carmenelectra shechisme'' (pronounced "she-kiss-me")
** The three species of spider once thought to be members of the genus ''Nops'', reclassified as ''Notnops'', ''Taintnops'', and ''Tisentnops''
** Another fly called ''Phthiria relativitae'' (the "ph" is silent)
** And several species of fungus beetle called ''Gelae baen'', ''Gelae belae'', ''Gelae donut'', ''Gelae fish'', and ''Gelae rol''
* Elements get "ium." A number of naturally-occurring elements, plus all of the transuranic elements--elements with atomic numbers higher than uranium's 92, which are mostly synthesized in laboratories--fit this: einsteinium, californium, berkelium, curium, ununquadium, {{Unobtainium}}... the list goes on. Most famously, two different groups of scientists synthesized elements 93 and 94 independently, and both independently came up with the names "neptunium" and "plutonium" (to follow element 92, uranium, as Pluto was the ninth planet at the time).
** 19th-century British chemist Humphry Davy settled first on "alumium," then on "aluminum," for the element he was trying to isolate. Wiki/TheOtherWiki quotes the ''Quarterly Review'' as being the first to insist on calling it aluminium, "in preference to aluminum, [[RuleOfCool which has a less classical sound]]." But "aluminum" had already taken off in some circles, and today it keeps us SeparatedByACommonLanguage. The spelling "aluminium" was made standard by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (which is the international body for, well, chemistry) in exchange for accepting the American spelling "sulfur" as opposed to the British "sulphur."
** On Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the argument over whether "aluminum" or "aluminium" is correct has spawned more hate-filled diatribes and edit wars than even the George W. Bush page. Word has it that even bringing it up in any online conversation anywhere will cause secret cabals of incensed editors to use reverse DNS methods to find out where you live, hunt you down and[[InterruptingMeme 3w587fuN^NO&*IULYBvilu£%b6viaby5i+++NO CARRIER+++]]
** Parodied in the alternate ending of Music/TomLehrer's "The Elements":
-->Lawrencium and Hahnium and lastly Rutherfordium\\
If there are any others, I'm afraid I haven't heardium!
* Various current brands of natural yoghurt contain bacterial cultures with "marketing names" such as Bifidus Digestivum, Bifidus Activo or Digestivum Essensis. This can also get a bit silly.
* In centuries past, when Latin was the language of scholarship, it was common for scholars and scientists to "Latinize" their names, adopting either translations or suffixes. This practise was spoofed by Norwegian 1700s author Ludvig Holberg, who invented a character called Rasmus Berg (meaning Hill), who went off and got educated, and returned calling himself "Erasmus Montanus".
** Charles Lutwidge Dodgson translated his first two names into Latin to get Carolus Lodovicus. He swapped the order of the names and re-Anglicized them to get his pen name: Creator/LewisCarroll.
** Jean Cauvin's last name was Latinized to Calvinus (despite being a Francozation of Calvus) before being Anglicized to Calvin.
** Mikołaj Kopernik penning his name as Nicolaus Copernicus is another example, although he himself seemed to use many different variations in official documents.
** René Descartes Latinized his name as Renatus Cartesius. Hence the term "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartesian Cartesian]]" for anything to do with him.
** Carl von Linné, creator of the binominal nomenclature system and author of ''Systema Naturae'', was born Carl Linnaeus, and usually signed his correspondence with Carolus Linnaeus. His father (a priest) Latinized his surname during his student days.
** Christopher Columbus' name was a Latin/Greek-ification of Cristoforo Colombo. Same for Americus Vespucius (Amerigo Vespucci).
* Many Dutch aristocrats also adopted dog Latin or Greek surnames in the 16th and 17th centuries. One such name that has survived to modern times is Petraeus.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorem_Ipsum Lorem Ipsum]] was originally actual Latin, but the present form has bits removed, in order to create a homogeneous-looking text with as little actual content as possible. This is so typesetters can concentrate on the layout of the text without being distracted by the meaning.
* ''Nil Illegitimi Carborundum'', and many of its other [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegitimi_non_carborundum variants]], crop up in fiction from time to time; but the phrase dates back to the real UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is somewhat annoying, since the actual Latin for a similar expression would be ''Noli nothi permittere te terere'', which is actually kind of catchy (particularly if you try saying it with a vaguely Italian accent).
** or another meaningless doggerel known to generations of schoolboys, which HAS a Latin meaning completely different from its quasi-phonetic one: "Caesar adsum iam forte, Brutus aderat; Caesar sic in omnibus, Brutus sic in at". For which you have to use the English pronunciation (not Church Latin or reconstructed Classical), with the long E being ''English'' long E, etc., to get "[[spoiler: Caesar 'ad some jam for tea, Brutus 'ad a rat. Caesar sick in omnibus, Brutus sick in 'at.]]"
* Intel processors: "Pentium" is half Greek-ish ("Penta" = five) and half Latin-ish ("-ium"). "Celeron" is the opposite ("Celer" = fast in Latin, "-on" is a Greek-ish suffix) It became a joke among computer geeks that the "Celer" actually refers to celery, as in "light"/"stripped down", since it's often outperformed by its more powerful sibling, the Pentium series of [=CPUs=].
* The motto of the University of Washington is "Lux sit" (Let there be light), which should be "Fiat lux". To add to the irony, they have a dog for a mascot.
* Fun to be had in the Netherlands. "Fallus Agraricus" is used to describe someone of being a 'Boerenlul' (Lit.: Farmer's Dick). Loose translation: a stupid dick.
** In German, there is the variant "Penis Rusticus", which, yes, is also supposed to mean "farmer's dick".
*** Actually means Country Dick. Or Dick and Adjoining Farm.
* A common phrase that Latin scholars will hear from many non-Latin scholars is "Semper ubi sub ubi", which is jibberish when translated directly. The English translation is "Always where under where", but obviously sounds like "Always wear underwear." However, to many a Latin lover, this gets ''really'' old after awhile.
* For some reason, Russian schoolchildren memorize "Fortuna non phallus, manus non receptum" and "Per anum astrae non opticum". And "Lingua Latina non penis canina". The supposed translations are "Good luck is not a penis, you cannot hold on to it with your hand", "Stars are not visible through an asshole" and "Latin language is not a (thing of low importance) dog's penis".
** The last one is technically correct[[note]]Except for the dropped copula, but that's acceptable in Vulgar Latin[[/note]], but "penis" is a surprisingly non-obscene word in Latin, not to mention that it can mean a lot of ''other'' things as well, so the phrase falls somewhat short of its intended meaning. For it to be true to its intent it should be "verpa canina", which indeed means "dog's dick".
* A similar Slovak/Czech phrase I have heard a couple times is ''Veni,Vidi,Vprdeli'' (the last originating from "v prdeli" - a common vulgar phrase meaning "in the arse"), supposedly meaning "I came, I saw, I swore."
* Japanese artist Yuki Kajiura uses faux Latin (amongst other languages) in many of her songs, filtered through her Japanese accent and the general rule of making it sound lyrically appropriate above all else, to the point that a fan nickname has been made for it--the "Kajiuran" language. It's complete gibberish and not an actual ConLang per se, but sounds cool and gives her songs a distinct sound.
* The South African legal term of "crimen injuria": what it's intended to mean is "crime of unlawful damage [to dignity]," i.e., criminal racism, but "injuria" is nominative, and "crimen" means "charge," not "crime." Translated faithfully, it could only mean "unlawful damage to a criminal charge."
* In the history of the Modern Greek language, there was a period called Katharevousa, which sought to purify the language of non-Greek influences and to adequately hellenize foreign place names. However, this was done in a rather haphazard manner, sometimes in ignorance of the actual Greek names that places already had. One of simplest ways to adapt place names was to calque Latin script spellings to Greek letters (actual letter pronunciation differences be damned), and add the feminine suffix -η (-i), or to change a feminine-looking -a to -η. Barcelona, Spain was rehellenized as Βαρκελώνη (Varkeloni), in ignorance that the classical language already had a name for this -- Βαρκινών (Barkinōn). It could get rather silly with place names of much more recent origin; Boston became Βοστώνη (Vostoni), Frankfurt became Φραγκφούρτη (Fragkfourti), etc. Katharevousa Greek ceased being an official language anywhere by 1982, and now the more usual practice is to adapt foreign names phonetically in pronunciation and spelling, such as Tόκυο for Tokyo. Meanwhile, many naturally-evolved Greek words for (now-)foreign place names are kept, such as Ἀγκυρα (Agkyra) for Ankara, Turkey, which was Ankūra in classical times.
* A [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment somewhat controversial]] youth ministry called [[http://www.recoveringalumni.com Honor Academy]] chose as its motto [[http://www.recoveringalumni.com/2010/03/honor-ring.html "Semper Honorablus,"]] which supposedly means "Always Honorable," but of course is completely fake. Some of its critics find that to be a tempting source of SnarkBait.
* A "quad bike" is a vehicle with four wheels and a mass of less than 550 kg (in UK law). It's really a misnomer, as the word "bike" comes from "bicycle", meaning (roughly) "two wheeled". A quad bike therefore should logically have '''eight''' wheels. A better but rarely-used alternative name is "quadracycle", along the same lines as "tricycle".
* Even the word "automobile" is a bastard child of Latin and Greek. Sticking to one language at a time would have produced either "ipsemobile" or "autokineton". (It ''is'' actually "avtokinito" in Modern Greek.)
** Likewise, "television". Either "ultravisio" or "teleorasis" (which is, in fact, what it is called in Modern Greek). Compare German ''Fernsehen'', far-seeing.
* Likewise, ''Lactobacillus acidophilus'', another Latin-Greek bastardization. for a bacterium that thrives in sour (acidic) environment. The correct name would be ''acidoamicus'' or ''oxyphilus''.
* "Tona ludatus vis saus megatus" is a fake-Latin respelling of a Hungarian phrase which would be more correctly written, "Tón a lúd átúsz', visszaúsz' meg átúsz'." The translation is: "The duck swims across the pond, swims back and swims across."
* A common joke among German students of Latin: SITVS VI LATE IN ISSES AB ERNIT. When read aloud and changing the placement of spaces a bit it sounds like the German sentence for “Looks like Latin, but it isn't". Of course, for someone who knowns only Latin but no German it's just complete gibberish.
** The English versions are a post with the sign TOTI EMUL ESTO (To tie mules to) and/or an archaeological relic with the phrase ITI SAPIS SPOTANDA BIGO NE (It is a pisspot and a big one).
** The pisspot joke exists also in German and is located in Colonia (Köln). Another kids joke is the one with the "vir ignis" (fireman) who fell from the firetruck and swore "STUDIUM FUGA MEUM IMPEDIRE!" [[note]](worldly: Eifer Flucht mein hindern = phonetically: Damn, my ass!)[[/note]]
* Creationist and all-round loon Ray Comfort has sometimes claimed that the origin of the word "science" "comes from the Latin word 'scientificus'". It actually comes from the present participle of the word "''scire''", "''sciens''", which can be translated as "knowing".
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush dubbed the user community of the Ipod as "podosphere". Too bad that word [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball had already a meaning]] in Greek. Hint: ''podos'' = foot, ''sphaira'' = three-dimensional symmetrically round obect...
* During the discussions about the formal title of the new German emperor in 1871 -- the main options were "German Emperor", "Emperor of Germany", and "Emperor of the Germans" -- UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck said: "Nescio quid mihi magis farcimentum esset", meaning "I don't know about what I would care less." The sentence is grammatically correct, but contains a literal translation of the German idiom "das ist mir Wurst" ("that's sausage to me"), which means "it's all the same to me" or "I don't care".